When: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Reception (with program): 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
Lecture: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Alder Commons Auditorium
Cost: FREE, but advance registration is requested. Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-685-9594 by April 15.
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Amanda Lock Swarr, Ph.D.
Amanda Lock Swarr will present the 2013 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Dr. Swarr is an associate professor at the University of Washington and joined the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies faculty in 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Bucknell University (1995) and a master’s degree in anthropology (1998) and Ph.D. in feminist studies (2003) from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Swarr’s research addresses queer and trans* concerns, medical inequalities and feminist politics inside and outside of the U.S. She was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Barnard College of Columbia University (2003-2005), a fellow with the UW Simpson Center Society of Scholars (2009-2010), and a two-time recipient of the UW Royalty Research Fellowship (2006-07, 2013-14). Dr. Swarr authored the book “Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa” (2012) and co-edited the anthology “Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis” (2010) with Richa Nagar, as well as publishing numerous articles in journals including “SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Feminist Studies.” Her current book project is titled “Forcing Sex: Violent Contestations over South African Masculinities.”
Racing the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality:
Rethinking Apartheid and Transitional South Africa
Amanda Lock Swarr’s lecture, extended from her recent book, “Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa,” will argue that the well-known racial segregation of apartheid and the transition to democracy relied on an unexamined but interrelated paradigm of gendered and sexual manipulation. Drawing on 15 years of research in South Africa, she will ask why some South Africans who define themselves as transsexual, gay and lesbian have been subjected to forced and botched sex reassignment procedures, legalized discrimination and community ostracism, while others have received state-funded medical treatment and legal support. In this lecture, Swarr will expose the junctures of gender, sexuality and race, suggesting new ways to think about the inherent contradictions not only of South Africa but of social categories more broadly.
Samuel E. Kelly
Named in honor of the University of Washington’s first Vice President for the Office of Minority Affairs (1970), the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of our distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice. Understanding differences takes place where there are opportunities to learn and become more informed about other people’s viewpoints, historical perspectives, life experiences, cultures, customs and contributions. Educational institutions have an opportunity and responsibility through teaching and research to promote awareness of diversity and its importance within a campus community and society.
In choosing the UW faculty member to deliver the 2011 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture, the selection committee will look for evidence in three aspects of their research:
- Nominee’s research contributes substantially to new knowledge about diversity and social justice locally, nationally, or internationally
- Nominee’s research alters the way we think about diversity or the way fields or disciplines approach diversity
- Nominee’s research encourages dialogue, promotes reflection, and inspires action
Nominations of UW faculty for the lecture may be submitted by anyone at the University or in the community. The nomination must include the following:
- One letter of nomination addressing the criteria above
- A supporting letter from the nominee’s chair or director
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae
*Please note, nominations submitted last year will also be considered for this year.
Submit nominations by February 23, 2011 to:
Stephanie Miller, Assistant Vice President for Community and Public Relations
Office of the Vice President for Minority Affairs & Vice Provost for Diversity
University of Washington
320 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352835
Seattle, WA 98195
Dr. Luis Fraga
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Russell F. Stark University Professor
Director, Diversity Research Institute
Professor, Department of Political Science
Change and Continuity: Latinos in the Future of America
Dr. Richard Ladner
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Linguistics
Designing and Building Technology Empower People.
Dr. Biren (Ratnesh) Nagda
School of Social Work
Embracing Difference, Engendering Justice: From the Courthouse to the Classroom to the Community Center.
Dr. Joy Williamson
College of Education
Black Students, Campus Activism, and the Reform of Higher Education: History and Legacy.
Dr. Karina Walters
School of Social Work
From Dis-placement to Dis-Ease: Embodiment and Expression of Historical Trauma among Indigenous Women.
Dr. Devon G. Pena
Department of Anthropology/American Ethnic Studies
Place, Identity and Social Justice in the City; The Story of an Indigenous Diaspora.
2005 Inaugural Lecture
Dr. Quintard Taylor
Department of History
From Civil Rights to Black Power in the West: The Movement in Seattle, 1960-1970